Fisherman injuries

Crab Boat Injuries

Crab fishing in Alaska is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Fishermen injured while working as deckhands on crab fishing boats in Alaska are entitled to compensation under the Jones Act and federal maritime Law.

If you have been injured on crab boat fishing in Alaska, Washington, or Oregon, please contact a maritime lawyer at Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC today for a free consultation by calling 866-974-9633. You are likely entitled to compensation for your injuries. Damages for your injuries may include past and future lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, compensation for disfigurement, payment of all medical bills related to your injury, and compensation for aggravation of preexisting conditions.

Negligence Leads To Injury

Tragically, many crab fishermen are injured or killed each year because of negligent acts, defective equipment, and the unsafe practices of their employers and vessel owners. Working long hours in heavy seas, deckhands on crab boats are constantly at risk for serious personal injury. Back and neck injuries, hand injuries, amputations, knee, ankle and foot injuries, herniated discs, fractured bones, shoulder and arm injuries, and brain injuries are far too commonplace on crab fishing boats. Many of these injuries could have been easily prevented with proper care for safety.

Cases We Have Handled

Crab Boat Injuries At Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC, our maritime law attorneys have has more experience representing injured crab fisherman than any other lawyers in the country. We have handled hundreds of crab fishing accident cases, recovering millions of dollars in compensation for seamen who have been injured at sea. Our lawyers have handled many wrongful death cases for crab fisherman, including the crab boat sinking cases of Vestfjord, Lin J, Pace Setter, Oceanic, Pacific Apollo, Amber Dawn, Nesika, and Ocean Challenger.

Our firm has handled all types of crab fishing accidents in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and Pacific Ocean. Whether your boat is located in Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Juneau, Ketchikan, St. Paul, Seattle, Westport, Ilwaco, Port Angles, Bellingham, Newport, Astoria, or any other fishing town, we can help you with your claim. We have experience handling accidents involving fishing for king crab, brown crab, opilio crab, and Dungeness crab, including accidents involving single-pot and multi-pot longline pot fisheries.

Let us put our legal experience representing crab fisherman to work for you. We have handled all types of crab boat injuries case possible while crab fishin including:

  • Bait Chopper Accidents
  • Crab Block Accidents
  • Crab Pot Launcher Accident
  • Crab Pot Stacking Accidents
  • Crab Pot Pushing Accidents
  • Crane Accidents
  • Hook Throwing Accidents
  • Bight of the Line Cases
  • Line Bin Cases
  • Slip and Falls on Decks
  • Accidents Caused by Heavy Weather and Working in Too Rough of Conditions
  • Crab Sorting Tables
  • Loss of Stability and Capsizing
  • Overloading of Crab Pots
  • Lack of Safety Equipment, including EPIRBs, Life Rafts and Survival Suits
  • Lack of Safety Training and Safety Procedures
  • Failure to Train in Abandon Ship Procedures
  • Improper Manning
  • Unsafe Navigation
  • Failure to Provide Injured or Sick Crewmen Proper Emergency Medical Care
  • Defective and Unsafe Equipment
  • Engine Room Accidents
  • Down Flooding
  • Lack of Safety Alarms; Lack of Tank Alarms
  • Lack of Check Valves in Circulating Seawater Systems.
  • Outdated Stability Letters
  • Improper Construction and Negligent Repairs
  • Failure to Properly Guard Machinery
  • Excessive Lifting
  • Sleep Deprivation - Excessive Hours
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Stair and Ladder injury Accidents
  • Under-manning of the Vessel and Improper Licensing of the Crew

If you have been injured or become ill on a crab fishing vessel, your employer is obligated to pay for all medical expenses reasonably related to your shipboard service. Obtaining the maintenance and cure benefits is a priority for insuring our clients obtain the best medical care possible. Fully understand your rights under maritime law before signing any release or settlement agreement with the insurance company. At Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC, our lawyers' experience and knowledge in handling seamen's injury claims will help you obtain a fair settlement of your claim.

Representing injured seamen is what we do. It is all we do. You wouldn't go to sea with an inexperienced captain, and you shouldn't go to court with a lawyer who does not have extensive experience in representing injured seamen. Contact an experienced maritime lawyer at Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC today to discuss your injury case.

Representative Verdicts And Settlements For Crab Fishermen
  • Crab Boat Sinking - Wrongful deaths - $3,000,000
  • (Vestjford - Insurance Policy Limits)
  • Defective Crane Hook - $1,000,000 Alaska Verdict
  • Fractured Leg - Compartment syndrome
  • Bait Chopper - Hand Injury - $ 1,900,000
  • Amputated Fingers - $ 1,000,000
  • Line Handling Accident - Fractured Leg RSD - $1,200,000
  • Failure to Secure Crab Pot - Fracture Foot - $500,000 Settlement
  • Wrongful Death - Vessel Sinking, $ 1,000,0000
  • Broken Finger - $ 200,000 - Ice on Vessel Crane
  • Knee Injury - $ 500,000 - Engine Room Accident
  • Post Traumatic Stress - Near Sinking of vessel - $200,000
  • Hip Injury - Fall From Stack of Crab Pots - $375,000
  • Neck Injury - Crab Pot Door Closed On Head while baiting pot - $ 500,000
  • Ankle Injury - Torn Ligaments with Surgical Reconstruction - $ 700,000
  • Soft Tissue Injuries - Crab Pot Dropped on Foot $ 335,000
Our Successes
$16,000,000 - Jury Verdict for Ferry Worker Injury Gangway Collapse
$4,200,000 - Wrongful Death Judgment for longshoreman killed by unsafe cargo container stow.
$4,000,000 - Jones Act Maritime Wrongful Death
$4,000,000 - Burn Injuries Fire and explosion in engine room of fishing vessel.
$3,500,000 - Brain Injury Tug boat deckhand injured by defect in barge’s crane.
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